What clinical affiliations
are used by the program?
The following agencies support clinical education for the MVCC Respiratory Therapy students.
Please note this roster may change without notice .
Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center
Advocate Hope Children's Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
Holy Cross Hospital
Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Little Company of Mary Hospital
Loyola University Medical Center
Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Palos Community Hospital
Provena Mercy Medical Center
Provena St. Joseph Medical Center
St. James Chicago Heights
St. James Olympia Fields
University of Illinois at Chicago
How much money are
respiratory therapists paid?
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reported median annual
earnings of $52,200 for respiratory therapists (May 2008). The middle 50% of
respiratory therapists earned between $44,490 and $61,720. The lowest 10% earned
less than $37,920, and the highest 10% earned more than $69,800.
What are the program
requirements once I'm accepted?
- Students must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or
better in each required career course (theory and clinical).
- Students are responsible for
transportation to and from clinical affiliates.
- Students must complete a physical exam and
provide immunization records.
- Students are responsible for securing
uniforms, a stethoscope, watch with a second hand, a lab coat and ID pin.
- A liability insurance fee is required.
- A criminal background check is required.
- Students must have health insurance.
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card. The
noncredit course that provides this training is
more information on CPR for Healthcare Providers, contact Aurora
Workforce Development, at (708) 974-5735.
Do I need a license or registration to be
a respiratory therapist?
Yes, you do. In Illinois you need to take and pass the national
Certification Examination, offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care,
in order to apply for an Illinois State license. Once you pass this exam, you
earn the credentials of CRT. A second level of testing is required for you to
become a Registered Respiratory Therapist, or RRT. For more information on the
CRT and RRT credentials, see www.nbrc.org.
Can I work full-time while going to
Generally not. The respiratory program is very time-intense. Course work during the fall, spring, and summer
semesters requires a large time commitment. Most students work part-time
while enrolled our program.
Can I choose my clinical assignment, and
are the hours flexible?
You will rotate through at least four different facilities while in the
program. Efforts may be made to accommodate some clinical requests, but you
need to be willing and able to travel to any of the clinical sites, as it will
not be possible to accommodate all requests. Starting times may be as early as
6 a.m. The afternoon shift may end as late as 11:30 p.m. The starting and ending
time are determined by the hospital and is not negotiable. Careful consideration
of your ability to travel and adjust your personal schedule prior to application
into this program is strongly advised.
What are some characteristics of a good
Health care demands the highest level of professionalism and ethical behavior of
its members. There can be no compromise of academic, professional, or personal
integrity of our students or graduates. Respiratory therapists need to be
compassionate, empathetic human beings. Therapists see patients and their
families during very stressful times. We treat critically ill patients with
multiple problems, and patients of all ages with terminal and life-threatening
Respiratory therapy requires excellent critical
thinking skills and the ability to make rapid decisions under stress, acting
appropriately in emergency situations. Problem solving, being good with your
hands, and excellent communication skills also are necessary traits of a
Where can I get more
American Association for Respiratory Care
Illinois Society for Respiratory Care
National Board for Respiratory Care
Illinois Department of
The Moraine Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program is
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Commission on Accreditation for
Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Rd
Bedford Texas 76021
If you need additional information or would like to schedule an appointment or
talk to current students/practitioners, contact Carolyn De Witt, program
coordinator at (708) 608-4326 or